Pundits have lauded Ireland following their thrilling 37-27 win over Wales In Dublin.
The hosts ran in five tries through Bundee Aki, Dan Leavy, Cian Healy and Jacob Stockdale (2), to keep their championship hopes well and truly alive as well as staying on course for a grand slam.
But they were pushed all the way by a resilient Welsh team with a never say die attitude who pushed them all the way, despite only enjoying 31% of possession and generally coming off second best in every area of the game.
Two late tries by Aaron Shingler and Steff Evans following Gareth Davies’ first half touchdown, gave Wales a chance of snatching a dramatic victory before Stockdale’s interception try at the death gave the hosts a thoroughly deserved win.
BBC pundit and former Wales fly-half Jonathan Davies clearly enjoyed the tournament’s best match thus far whilst also acknowledging that the hosts were clearly the better team and highlighting the danger Wales posed with ball in hand.
Great game,Ireland by far the better team today especially at the contact and breakdown. Wales looked dangerous when they had the ball.
— Jonathan Davies OBE (@JiffyRugby) February 24, 2018
Meanwhile, legendary Irish centre Brian O’Driscoll was effusive in his praise of Six Nations debutant Chris Farrell after a Man of the Match performance by the Munster centre, whilst also reserving praise for winger Jacob Stockdale.
Every reason to nervous too!!! Well done Chris Farrell on delivering a big MOTM performance today. That young man Jacob Stockdale can play too… https://t.co/MWKdrhWVH1
— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) February 24, 2018
Former Wales and Lions flanker Martyn Williams, like his countryman Davies, also evidently enjoyed the game, describing it as ‘hell of a match’ whilst also being fulsome in his praise of Ireland.
— Martyn Williams (@martynewilliams) February 24, 2018
Next up Ireland host Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on March 10 while Wales take on Italy in Cardiff the following day.